EASTER ACTIVITY IN LOCKDOWN
We have continued to move quickly forward since last week when we completed a full week of on-line lessons.
There was much to learn for all of us. Berna has recorded observations of the week that includes feedback from other teachers as well. VIEW FEEDBACK VIDEO HERE
Some of her key messages are:
- Be properly prepared for your lesson. Be early to the Zoom ‘waiting room’ and ensure you have what is needed for the lesson – music, theory books, stationery, tuner, metronome etc.
- Visit zoom.us for excellent tutorials that will help in further familiarising yourselves with the technology. You will undoubtably need more tech knowledge to help with school and every-day life so do take advantage of these resources to help yourself whilst you have extra time at home.
- Use the time in the waiting room productively, warm up, play some scales or review what you achieved during the week past and what questions you have for your teacher.
- Manage your environment prior to the meeting. Toilet and drinks. Turn off other media including TVs. Set up your device in the best position for your teacher to see the instrument and you. Check lighting.
- Improve your posture at your instrument. Be professional in your intent. Have the right setting for your lesson, piano on its stand or table and the correct chair and footstool if required for younger ones. Both feet on the floor for stability as you would at Major Player.
Two further pieces of important news include that we are moving to the ‘Moodle’ platform which will provide excellent immediate records of lessons with comments that will be fully available on-line to families and students. ‘I have forgotten what homework was set’ will be a thing of the past!
The Nancy Weir Awards are back on! We will be live streaming the event next Saturday, 18th April from 4-5pm (GMT +1000hrs for our overseas contacts). CLICK HERE for the ‘Nancy Weir Awards’ page to book your free front row seats and then organise your picnic baskets and drinks. Everyone, grandparents, aunties and uncles, friends and neighbours from anywhere in the world, can all attend this bit of fun even though we are all in isolation!!
Have a Safe and Happy Easter.